The Booker Prize-longlisted novel from the author of ONE DAY
Those who loved Nicholls's last novel, One Day, will not be disappointed. Us has many of the same qualities, including an almost magical readability. Though it is an ambitious novel, intricately patterned, which tackles complex and subtle themes, it has the furious pace of a thriller . . . I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon * Mail on Sunday * I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After -- Jojo Moyes A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more -- Christina Patterson * Sunday Times * Us is a work of Cheever-esque perfection that absolutely captures the exquisite horror of not being able to do right for wrong -- Damian Barr * Observer * A perfect book * Independent * Nicholls, it seems, was born to write about love, in all its sweetness and bitterness . . . thoughtful, funny, authentic . . . Us begins as a sweet read, but evolves into an examination of love's complexities - the battle between the heart and the brain . . . The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive * Good Housekeeping * Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love, this time about a type of relationship often neglected as unsexy - the long-married couple . . . wry, plaintive but ever hopeful * The Times * Very funny, wise and bittersweet * Daily Express * As he proved in One Day, Nicholls is brilliant at picking apart modern life with all its hopes, disillusionments and regrets, and marrying it to a gently heartbreaking narrative * Observer * He doesn't just have a sharp eye for a story, his characters also have real depth and his books are a delicate balance between warmth and edge. No-one ever gets too easy a ride. Us . . . is no exception -- John Crace * Guardian * Even better than One Day * The Times * A compulsively readable, formally inventive, extremely funny yet achingly melancholy love story -- Andrew Billen * The Times * Nicholls has raised his game . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . a sad, funny, soulful joy of a book -- Matt Haig * Observer * I read it through tears in maybe two sittings . . . at the heart of the book is one man's plight to just get things right. And whoever you are, however logical, or practical with your emotions, most of us just want to get things right when it comes to the people we love * Candice Carty-Williams * I read it through tears in maybe two sittings . . . at the heart of the book is one man's plight to just get things right. And whoever you are, however logical, or practical with your emotions, most of us just want to get things right when it comes to the people we love -- Candice Carty-Williams, author of QUEENIE An emotive romantic comedy, ingeniously structured * Evening Standard * Us is a quiet joy, written with an undemonstrative simplicity that is hard to achieve * Sunday Telegraph * Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it -- S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP A wrenching examination of a journey through Europe that goes terribly wrong and a consideration of what it means to be a parent today -- Philip Hensher * Guardian * It's the perfect follow-up to One Day because it takes romance to a middle-aged place. It's funny and sweet - a lovely, lovely book -- Graham Norton Few authors do messed-up relationships better than Nicholls * People * Bittersweet, beautifully rendered * Sydney Morning Herald * I enjoyed Us immensely. David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light, happiness and sadness; the place where fatigue is, and restlessness, where love is tested and strained and sometimes broken -- Donal Ryan, author of FROM
David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten, The Understudy, One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim: translated into 40 languages, it became a global bestseller, selling millions of copies worldwide. His fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. On screen, David has written adaptations of Far from the Madding Crowd, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Great Expectations, as well as of his own novels, Starter for Ten, One Day and Us. His adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for an Emmy and won him a BAFTA for best writer. The Netflix adaptation of One Day was executive-produced by David. David's latest novel, You Are Here, will be published in April 2024 and is available for pre-order now.